Big John was born on August 30, 1970 and was raised in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio called “Norwood” where he graduated from Purcell-Marian High School. In 1987 he was a member of the #2 nationally ranked Cavaliers high school football team on their way to a 14-0 season and an Ohio State High School Championship.
In 1989 he joined the U.S. Marines Corps. He served his country with 4 years of active duty and 2 years of active reserve duty. In January 1991, with Charlie Company 1/2, John participated in Operation Eastern Exit in Somalia. The operation was instrumental in evacuating the U.S. Embassy there and earned him a Presidential Unit Citation. Later in 1991, his next action came during Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait, where along with other American troops liberated Kuwait from the Iraqi army.
Big John began a career in professional wrestling in 1997 while training with the Legendary Les Thatcher at the Heartland Wrestling School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He and other wrestlers became the subject of the first ever “MTV True Life”. Later that year Big John suffered a career ending neck injury which prevented him from continuing to wrestle.
After attending a Ratt concert in Cleveland, Ohio in 1998 Big John was told he could ride back to the hotel on the tour bus, the bus ended up in Detroit. He joined on with the Poison team in 1999 and the party has stopped since. He continued to work as a bodyguard with Poison as well as other great music artists such as Nickleback, Saliva, Kid Rock, Ratt, Brian Setzer, and of course Bret Michaels as a solo artist.
Big John welcomed a daughter into his life in June of 2006, Clara Louise Murray, a little girl who has become a great source of pride for him.
In 2007 he became a reality TV star when he teamed up with Poison’s Bret Michaels on the VH1 show “Rock of Love” which ran for three seasons.
In December 2009, Big John decided to challenge himself with a career change. He hung up his backstage pass to become a Fugitive Recovery Agent in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he joined forces with Rebel Bail Bonds. He continues to work there to this day.